I may as well chime in with my favorite breed - Bluetick Coonhounds. They are bred to be sociable (must get along with other hounds and people not familiar to them), active, constantly alert to new scents and sounds, and LOUD so hunters can find them in the dark half a mile away when they tree the raccoon. It is common for a couple of hunters to each take their favorite dogs for a hunt together and they have to get along with each other. To someone who doesn't know their greeting it sounds an awful lot like the sound they make chasing down a bear or lion and most people don't think twice about walking into my yard or house unless invited even though the dog is just bawling its head off to be friendly. Also, if our coonhounds don't recognize the person or if we are not home (even with people they do recognize) they will not allow them to enter the property. They have the courage and high pain threshold to back up their warnings if someone tries to force their way in. They are intelligent and loud enough to handle the job without biting - they are generally reluctant to bite people but I think they will if they have to. They've never had to. The coonhounds have not been very well recognized as good house dogs/indoor companions mainly due to the need for careful training (smart but sensitive) and their high energy level (need lots of exercise). The important thing is the noise to keep away burglars, thieves, etc. and I don't believe you can find a louder, more alert dog than a coonhound. From what I've heard and read this is true of all the coonhound breeds but like others have said there are good and bad in every breed. With two small dogs already you should definitely get a pup so it will grow up in your household and know your dogs as part of the family/pack. No matter which kind of dog you get make sure to meet its parents. Any breeder who will not let you meet them may be hiding some temperament problems. If you get a rescue dog or pup ask about any temperament testing it has had.
We bought a house in January, and immediately the truck was stolen and the other cars in the driveway were broken into. We have 2 Weimaraners that were inside at the time. We have since let them sleep on the patio at night so they can run out to the front yard and bark at people if they hear sounds. Since the dogs have been outside our cars haven't been broken into again. A house down the street was broken into last week. I really think that our barking dogs are keeping trouble away so far. Weimaraners are more alarm dogs than guard dogs. Ours show no agression at all if approached, but when barked at people don't know that.
(As well as the security system suggestion and security system signs) I would put a huge pair of muddy well worn boots on your steps or porch with a sign that says beware of dogs and a trespassers will be shot, an extra extra large water bowl and bone outside where they can't be missed. As a joke, I have one that says "Warning: This property protected by a highly trained Miniature Schnauzer. Not responsible for injury or possible death." and another one on my front door that says "I can make it to the gate in 2.5 seconds, can you?" With the silhouette of a dog.
Even if we are only having food delivered the guy is nervous even standing on the porch. Has to make sure there is a door between whatever and him when I open my front door to the hallway while my beasts snarl and howl in the background. Also cuts down on pesky door to door knockers.
I just wanted to say thanks to all of your replies. No Dog Yet, I didn't take offense to anything you said. :)
We bought the TV in January so it wasn't the garbage man who took it, but thanks for that information! Good to know.
I like the idea of buying a sign that says I can make it to the fence in 2.5 seconds can you? That's cute! We will be protecting ourselves and our home better. Thanks to all you guys, you made me feel better. Hopefully they catch the guy, they did find prints on the back door.
We have five American Bulldogs....nothing has ever gotten stolen off my property let alone my house. If someone was up to no good what are they going to tell the police WE were stealing their TV and their dog attacked us the police would laugh.
I would suggest getting a larger dog, the burglars are going to keep an eye on your house. As Americans we cannot live without TV and they know this!
We have had American Bulldogs for 11 years now hear in Kentucky and no one gets unnotticed around here.When people come over at first they are intimidated but after the dogs see you arent a threat they are wagging their tags and happy to see you.This breed is wonderful with children so my suggestion is the American Bulldog but Im partial....:)
"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves YOU more than he loves himself"
I'd recommend a big dog willing to bark. BullMastiffs, Mastiffs, and Dogue de Bordeux are probably the most intimidating breeds you can find. And Typically they are willing to bark and are scary to strangers. If you are looking for something more geared towards protecting family Irish wolfhounds are notorious for defending children, supposedly a defining characteristic of the breed. If you don't want a huge dog just about any herding dog is bred (not necessary going to, but supposed to) warn you and defend your property.
Also, it must be said that thanks to growing up with gun dogs I have a great appreciation for the authority of a well trained and strong willed german shorthaired pointer.
Poppyryce, I’m so, so sorry you had to experience a burglary. Been there. The overwhelming trauma of personal violation is extremely difficult to describe.
I know you were joking about purchasing a baseball bat or pepper spray but just remember, whatever you try to use can be taken from you and used on you.
As Dusty recommended, I would suggest an alarm system including motion detector and monitoring. That will get the police there. No one thinks they need a system or thinks that they’re too expensive until they’re hit. Then it’s too late.
Second, my recommendation for a dog is a German Shepherd. I have 2 females ages 9 & 7 (mother & daughter) that absolutely love my sons and grandchildren to death but bark if they hear strange voices or anyone enters the yard. They are housedogs and when they perceive I need protecting, they are both glued to my side. I feel so safe with these girls. If you decide on a GSD, I can wholeheartedly recommend their very reputable breeders. If it helps, they are also nationally known AKC show judges. I’m sure that if they don’t have the dog you want, they will recommend another breeder you can be comfortable with. Just PM me for their web link if interested. Pictures below of my girls.
I want to throw some information out here in the interest of helping others avoid personal injury or loss of irreplaceable items.
Heartbreaking to lose the only existing video of my father telling me he loved me before he died – I left it in the video camera case with the camera, which was stolen – Take all videos not to be reused out of the case!
- Never keep anything of value in the master bedroom – it’s the first place burglars look.
- If you have a side door into your garage, check to make sure the framing and door are good. Ours was a new house but that door just needed one good kick to splinter the frame and open the door. The burglars then used an axe found in the garage to chop a hole in the locked door to the house and reached through to unlock the door.
They also carried a baseball bat found in the garage into the house. These were not nice guys. Freddie was a puppy and in her crate at the time and they beat her crate with the bat to make her stop barking. Needless to say, it traumatized her. Thank God she was not running loose because I’m sure they would have killed her with it. Just an interesting observation: Freddie had never growled before or since but on several occasions when I would walk her in the local park, she would growl at the same two teenage boys as we would approach them and not stop until we had past them. She knew who they were …. I would just never be able to prove anything.
We were robbed the first night we slept in our new home many many years ago. They came in through a locked window in the livingroom. We were all sleeping, including my children. 1 of which was an infant. They cleared out the livingroom where most of our stuff was. They even took my husband's cigarettes. I was terrified. What if they had wanted to do something to my children? I would never had known.
We have gone a bit overboard perhaps. We got a male RottweilerNewfoundland mix. He weighed over 200lbs. We put a fence completely around our home. Chain link in the front at 5', wood fencing around the remaining at 6ft. We added over the next couple of years. We have added over the years. We keep one dog in the front, a pitbull (who wouldn't attack a person, but puts up a good front) 2 Rottweilers, a coyote mix, and a sharpei mix in the back, and the pugs (and whoever comes in the doggie door)inside the house. We have guns, but I wouldn't suggest that anyone would unless you are SURE you would use one to protect yourself from bodily harm. We were raised with guns.
We have been here for over 20yrs now. We are the only home in the neighborhood that hasn't been robbed in that time. I agree that the breed isn't all that important. A large bark is pretty much all that is needed. My neighbors are appreciative of the verbal warning when someone comes up. I'm so sorry that you were robbed. I know that it leaves you feeling helpless and frustrated. That feeling will go away over time.
Great information all. This thread will help others also. Love you have beautiful dogs, and we are looking into a sercurity system. It will definitely be worth the money. I appreciate all your stories, suggestions, and helpful information. :) You all are great.